An insightful, in-depth portrait of the brilliant and hysterically funny group that transformed modern comedy.
Debuting on the BBC in 1969, Monty Python's Flying Circus introduced something completely different a new brand of surrealistic, stream-of-consciousness comedy that pushed the traditional boundaries of format, style and content. Blending brilliant satire with slapstick silliness, the Pythons = Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin = spoke to a generation eager to break free of the conventional. Making their way across the Atlantic and the world, the Pythons and their zany approach to comedy had a monumental influence on modern popular culture, opening the door for farcicial entertainment from Saturday Night Live to The Simpsons to Austin Powers.
In Monty Python Speaks! David Morgan has collected interviews with Monty Python's founding members, actors, producers and other collaborators to produce a no-holds-barred look at the Python's legendary sketches and films, including Monty Python's Life of Brian, Monty Python and the Holy Grail (the inspiration for the hit Broadway msucal Spamalot),and Monty Python's the Meaning of Life. Featuring four new chapters that focus on the group's oeuvre since the first edition's publication twenty years ago as well as a new foreword and updated resources, Monty Python Speaks! offers a fascinating peek behind the scenes of the Pythons' brilliance - including the friendships and feuds - that catapulted a comedy revolution.